May 9, 1993 |
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin and his main rival, Parliament Chairman Ruslan I. Khasbulatov, appealed for calm Saturday on the eve of Russia's celebration of the defeat of Nazi Germany. Both men hoped to avoid a repeat of violent May Day observances, in which one police officer was killed and hundreds of people were injured during clashes between hard-line Communist demonstrators and police.
April 16, 1995 |
In the days of hard-line communism, the trouble with Subbotniks--the three Saturdays a year of "voluntary free labor"--was that the unpaid pre-holiday cleanups were compulsory for all. In the early days of reform, during former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's campaign for openness and freedom, Subbotniks remained a command performance, but little work got done. Students, office workers, pensioners and soldiers turned the seasonal spruce-up into a massive picnic.
April 5, 1995 |
Chancellor Helmut Kohl has decided to travel to Moscow to mark the 50th anniversary of Germany's defeat in World War II, but he will not attend the military parade at the heart of the celebration, officials said Tuesday. President Clinton, President Francois Mitterrand of France and Prime Minister John Major of Britain have confirmed they will attend the Red Square parade, which Russian officials said would include soldiers who helped crush the Chechnya rebellion this year.
January 1, 1999 |
You might think Santa Claus has a tough job, what with flying all over the world in a single night and figuring out who's been naughty or nice. But these days, he has it easy compared with his Russian cousin, Ded Moroz. Russia's big winter holiday is New Year's, and today is when Ded Moroz makes his rounds. By tradition, he has a somewhat more arduous job than Santa: He usually delivers gifts in person, and he has no brigade of elves to help, just a young girl called Snow Maiden.
May 2, 1994 |
The bells of a Kremlin church silenced for 76 years began tolling the advent of Orthodox Easter just before midnight Sunday, heralding a May Day holiday on which religion and the pleasures of spring triumphed over political strife. Thousands of die-hard Communists celebrated the international workers' day with red-flag-filled marches and speeches bashing President Boris N. Yeltsin as an ethically bankrupt traitor who has impoverished his people.
November 8, 1991 |
There was something for everyone on Thursday as this historic city marked the 74th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in a style never seen before. A pitiful band of about 1,000 Communists gathered near the battleship Aurora, famous for its role in the revolution. But their faint cries of "Long live the revolution!" were drowned out by merrymaking elsewhere. At Palace Square, St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly A.